ISSUED: 28 July 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Shepherd University hosted 25 teachers from across the country during its first-ever National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Voices From the Misty Mountains: Appalachian Writing and Mountain Culture.” The teachers have spent the last three weeks immersing themselves in Appalachian literature, storytelling, music, and culture, seeing Contemporary American Theater Festival plays, and taking a road trip to the Culture Center in Charleston, Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, the town of Thurmond in the New River Gorge, and Hawks Nest State Park.
Participating in the Institute were Pete Arvon, Martinsburg; Dana Foddrell, Charles Town; Julie Borsetti and Amy Curtis, both of Sandy Spring, Maryland; Ellen Georgi, Adamstown, Maryland; Harvey Stone, Williamsburg, Virginia; Jan Jacobs, Alexandria, Virginia; Peaches Hash, Kingsport, Tennessee; Mandi Aubrey, Bristol, Tennessee; Deborah McConnon, Knoxville, Tennessee; Jill Lukac, Summerville, South Carolina; Antonio Noland, Winston Salem, North Carolina; Jo Sreenivasan, Columbus, Ohio; Jakki Dukes, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Quinn McClure, Astoria, New York; Paige Sweet, New York, New York; Peggy Owens, Indianapolis, Indiana; Kate Tabor, Evanston, Illinois; Allison White, Guilford, Vermont; Celestine Dorsey, Fort Pierce, Florida; Stan Kosmoski, Tampa, Florida; Robin Perez, Coral Springs, Florida; Heather Meeks, Houston, Texas; Tara Tanner, Sandy, Utah; and Anne Schaefer, Petaluma, California.
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